World Premiere of Song Cycle “Frede” Peace
'Tenterden Remembers' Celebrating VE75
Saturday 18 April, 7:30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of The Second World War
2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the VE Day, to celebrate this occasion the Dutch Choir Mingd Koar Grou (Mixed Voice Choir of Grou, Netherlands) will be performing the World Premiere of Song Cycle “Frede” (Peace) (Note that the Cycle will be sung in Friesian).
Music – Sipke Hoekstra. Poetry/Lyrics – Baukje Wytsma. Additional music performed by Wealden Consort Buckswood Pipe Band
Tickets £10 (£5 Students) available
"Peace is a single word of welcome, a smile, a reached out hand, a comforting arm, a loving embrace. This year we in Friesland commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Since that glorious day in May 1945 we have had peace in Europe for 75 years and have been able to live in freedom. We hope to be able to continue to do so. That is why we want to celebrate this event with people of all ages, especially so in Great Britain where the world premiere of Sipke Hoekstra’s new composition “Peace” will be performed to express our deep gratitude to the British and other Allied soldiers who fought for our freedom."
The choir was formed in 1912 in the Dutch province of Friesland. The choir has grown in strength and popularity under the direction of some excellent conductors in the 1950s and 1960s, performing both nationally and internationally and featuring on Dutch national radio and in a number of recordings. Today the choir mostly sings classical works by e.g. Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as arrangements of Friesian songs.
The choir has had the privilege of commissioning a number of regional composers to write choral works. The choir is privileged to perform the world premiere of “Peace” by the Friesian composer Sipke Hoekstra, a work commemorating the liberation of Friesland and the rest of Europe in 1945.
The concert will also include performances from the Wealden Consort and the Buckswood Pipe Band.
Wine and soft drinks will be available from 6:45pm and during the interval. All profits will go to The Friends of St Mildred's